From the moment former LAPD detective Bobby Dawson spots Ichiro Tokugawa, he knows the man is trouble. And not just because the much younger Japanese inker is hot, complicated, and pushes every one of Bobby’s buttons. No, Ichi is trouble because he’s Cole McGinnis’s younger brother and off-limits in every possible way. And Bobby knows that even before Cole threatens to kill him for looking Ichi’s way. But despite his gut telling him Ichi is bad news, Bobby can’t stop looking… or wanting.
Ichi was never one to play by the rules. Growing up in Japan as his father’s heir, he’d been bound by every rule imaginable until he had enough and walked away from everything to become his own man. Los Angeles was supposed to be a brief pitstop before he moved on, but after connecting with his American half-brothers, it looks like a good city to call home for a while—if it weren’t for Bobby Dawson.
Bobby is definitely a love-them-and-leave-them type, a philosophy Ichi whole-heartedly agrees with. Family was as much of a relationship as Ichi was looking for, but something about the gruff and handsome Bobby Dawson that makes Ichi want more.
Much, much more.
My full review of the story can be found here:
I absolutely loved digging deep into Bobby’s psyche. He’s a unique character, with years of experience that Jae and Cole don’t have. His history (being a closeted gay cop) must mirror what so many men of his generation experienced and it serves as a reminder for how far we (as a culture) have come along (hopefully) in our acceptance of “other” in our society. There was even a story thrown in as told by an older man who had similar experiences with his mixed marriage, that is, he was subjected to questions and cruelty as well.
Without reading this book, you may be worried that Bobby couldn’t possibly be seen as someone to trust in a long-term relationship. What Ford did was show us, by slowly peeling back the layers, just why Bobby is EXACTLY the type of guy you should trust in a long-term relationship. It was very elegantly done and felt completely organic.
Ichi’s history surprised me a bit too. There are things we find out that explain some of his personality; information about his mother (Cole’s too) and father and step-mother… fascinating. He’s an old soul and perfectly matched for Bobby.
The ending was absolutely THE BEST. First, the way Jamie finds out Bobby is gay and then, the last scene at the tattoo shop… (le sigh) grab some tissues, it’s just wonderful. It feels so complete, but is just open enough that it hints at more excitement that we could see in upcoming book(s). I hope that both Bobby and Ichi (and maybe even Jamie?) will continue to play big roles in any future book(s).
Well done Rhys Ford, well done!
Listening to Greg Tremblay narrate is like inviting the characters from Rhys’ books to dinner. They are there with you in the room, telling their story. He clearly does research on each character and in turn becomes them for the duration of the recording.
Knowing that he is carrying on a conversation between Bobby and Ichi then switching to Jae, Scarlet and Bobby without the aid of digitally stopping and starting to get into “character” blows my mind. It’s flawless. He is somehow able to become each of these very unique people in a breath and thus the listener gets the amazing experience of having all four men (or women as the case may be) tell us their own story.
I was thinking that as a writer Greg must be a tremendous asset. To literally have your character able to talk back to you! What that must feel like?! (Mind blown…)
Again, he’s done tremendously wonderful work here and I think one part that stands out for me is the part with Jamie, Bobby’s son. The emotions are so thick first between Ichi and Bobby then we switch gears from passion to anger and pain with Bobby and Jamie. Just amazing. Or when Bobby and Cole have their big confrontation – God it’s so emotional and tear jerking!
I absolutely loved this audiobook and highly recommend it along with the entire series.
6 of 5 stars!
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